BeIN Sports’ Andy Gray and Richard Keys give their predictions for the coming weekend’s Premier League football fixtures, with Chelsea set to take on Sunderland without Jose Mourinho following the Portuguese boss’ sacking earlier this week.
Chelsea v Sunderland
AG: Saturday’s game against Sunderland is fascinating because if the players turn it on and get a great result, what is that going to say to the fans? That they have been cheating them over the past few months by not performing for Mourinho? It’s a strange one.
I do expect a response from the players but Sam Allardyce’s team will make life really difficult for them. 1-0.
RK: I sort of agree with Andy, but Sunderland are no pushovers under Allardyce and although Chelsea might well turn it on, I’m going 1-1.
Arsenal v Man City
AG: This should be a terrific game of football because Manuel Pellegrini does not like playing defensive football so he will attack and try and win the game as will Arsenal. I would fancy the Gunners if they were at full strength but City are good enough to get a point. 2-2.
RK: This game is dependant on which Arsenal and which Manchester City turn up because we all know both these two teams can be frustrating. If Arsenal play to their maximum they will win. 2-1.
Everton v Leicester
AG: Leicester’s performance against Chelsea on Monday will have taken an awful lot of out them and it will be really tough going to Goodison Park. Defensively, Everton are good enough to cope with Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, and at the other end Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley are a big threat. 2-0.
RK: Leicester won’t be easily rolled out of the title race now after that terrific win over Chelsea but Everton can put the brakes on their charge. 2-2.
Man United v Norwich
AG: United need a performance because they remain unconvincing and this is an ideal opportunity against a struggling Norwich. 2-1.
RK: Bournemouth proved me right last week in that United’s players are unhappy and frustrated with Louis van Gaal. Norwich might get something out of this but I have to believe that at home United will edge it. 1-0.
Southampton v Tottenham
AG: A difficult game for Mauricio Pochettino, going back to the club where he was so successful. Southampton are playing well without getting the results they want but because they are at home I’ll give them a point. 1-1.
RK: Southampton look like they are toiling a little bit and as bad as Spurs were last week I can’t see them winning this. 1-2.
Stoke v Crystal Palace
AG: Stoke are always difficult to beat at home but Palace are excellent at playing deep and then hitting the opposition on the counter attack. My head says draw but I am going with Stoke to win 2-1.
RK: It’s a stunning fact that nobody has scored against Stoke City this year while Ryan Shawcross has been on the pitch. However, Palace have got enough to score. 1-1.
West Brom v Bournemouth
AG: Bournemouth have won their last two games which is terrific but the Baggies are stubborn and Tony Pulis’s defence is good enough to keep a clean sheet. 1-0.
RK: On the law of averages Bournemouth should lose after two back to back wins but they will get a point. 1-1.
Newcastle v Aston Villa
AG: If Villa are still in the game with half an hour to go I think the edgy St James’ Park crowd might actually help them. A shock 0-1.
RK: Villa looked a little better last week in terms of organisation but it is too little too late. Newcastle will make it three wins in a row. 2-1.
Watford v Liverpool
AG: Watford have proved they are no mugs in this league and can cause anyone problems. However, Liverpool should be good enough to get a draw. 1-1.
RK: I am really impressed with Watford and Liverpool are still under transition under Jurgen Klopp. 1-0.
Swansea v West Ham
AG: If Swansea play as well as they did against Manchester City last week they will beat injury-hit West Ham. 2-0.
RK: Swansea were impressive last week, which suggests they had downed tools, like the Chelsea lads, to get rid of Garry Monk. The Hammers are missing key players and are looking frustrated. 2-0.